This album features two tracks Joe Stevens made to accompany two of his abstract films that explore the landscape.
What Joe says: These tracks are created using modified field recordings which originally accompanied Short films made from GPS data: Reinventing the Landscape & Parallels and Meridians. The sounds have been captured along the route I walked to capture the GPS data.
This is Joe's first release on Electronic Musik and I'm very pleased to have him on our roster of artists.
About the films
The two films are GPS-triggered works that investigate the landscape by capturing a description of a walk using an abstract visual language. Visually they were informed by a number of 20th century art movements who focused on fundamental geometric forms.
These movements replaced identifiable brush marks with anonymous monotone surfaces, free lines with ruled lines and complexity with apparent geometric simplicity.
Additionally the works have a strong tie in with some of the St Ives school of artists including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, artists who had a strong interest in seeking out and making use of geometric forms found within the lyrical landscapes. These artists drew inspiration from the science and mathematics of their day. They used theoretical models as new visual stimuli to develop fresh ways of thinking and working.
The resulting films captures the ephemeral act of wandering itself – in fleeting scenes unfolding and then disappearing before they have begun to fully form and extends drawing to include the use of technology, specifically that of scientific instruments such as GPS recorders, to challenge the assumptions of what drawing is or might be.